The Gwandara People and their Cultural Contents

According to Bayero University Dons, Mohammed Awaisu Haruna and Bello Ibrahim of sociological Department, that culture originated from a Latin word “Colere” – which means to inhibit, to cultivate or to honor generally with reference to human activities. The concept has been defined in a number of ways by different scholars including sociologist and anthropologist. Culture is conceived as a super organic environment and is distinguished from inorganic or physical, the organic, and the world of plant and animals.

According to Mohammed and Bello, the super-organic is an environment peculiar to man alone. While the organic and the inorganic are shared with other animals. Culture is also referred to as a body thought and knowledge both theoretical and practical which only man can possess. In other words, culture is an accumulated thought, values and object, it is social heritage acquired individual from preceding generation through learning, as distinguished from the biological heritage passed on to individuals automatically through the genes (Ogunbameru, 2006). In a sociological parlance, culture is conceived as a design for living. Each culture constitute a unique lifestyle just as Gwandara culture, Gwandara culture are relationships that provides a guide for socially defined values and norms, with the strong believes that the understanding of culture among my people is not far from our authentic ancestral heritage which emphasize appropriate behavior to entire Gwandara people.

Therefore, examine the culture of the Gwandara people as it has the elements of  “cultured people” – persons who are obedient, respectful, and conform to the norms, beliefs and values of the society. Indeed, this is a true representation as well as the reflection of this group of people (Gwandara) found within the North-central and North-western Geo-Political zones of Nigeria called the Gwandara people. It is known and established that a Gwandara person is completely cultured not minded the little excesses of the radical elements within tribe but generally the common attributes among Gwandara people, are peace loving people, completely non-violent, hospitable and seriously cultured. Topically, the Gwandara culture consist of everything on a list of my awaiting posts, such as Gwandara social organization, religion, economy, technology, medicine, law etc. which shall be distinctively analyzed in the subsequent posts. The people of Gwandara have a total way of life, their social legacy is acquired from their ancestral social group, their ways of thinking, feeling and believing, is better analyzed as presented as The total way of life of people the social legacy the individual acquires from his group, a way of thinking, feeling and believing, and abstraction from behavior and many others.

The people of Gwandara have a culture that could best be described as topical, and its effects entails their historical, behavioral, normative, functional, mentally, structural and symbolically as defined. Topically as earlier stated is highly categorized such as Social, Religion and Economy. Historically, the Gwandara culture have a social heritage, or tradition that is past unto future generations. Behaviorally, the Gwandara culture is shared learned human behavior, a way of life. Normatively, the people of Gwandara and their culture ideal values or rules of living. Mentally, Gwandara culture is a complex of ideas, or learned habits that inhibits impulses and distinguish Gwandara people from animals. Structurally, according to (Arnold, 1960) the Gwandara culture consist of patterned and interrelated ideas, symbols or behaviors. Symbolically, the Gwandara culture is based on arbitrary assigned meanings that are shared by their society.

According to HRH (Dr.) Sani Mohammed Bako III, defines Gwandara culture as the complete and total way of life of the Gwandara people or their society; because it involves every aspect of our human (Gwandara) life.

Reference:  HRH (Dr.) Sani Mohammed Bako III | Edited and posted by: Musa Muhammed-Mustapha.